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Saskatchewan reports first confirmed case of monkeypox


Saskatchewan public health officials have confirmed one resident has contracted monkeypox.

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Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus, with typical symptoms including fever, rash and swollen lymph nodes.

A public health investigation is underway, including contact tracing, but officials say “acquisition likely occurred outside of the province.”


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“The risk in Saskatchewan and Canada remains low, but residents are encouraged to be aware of the symptoms and contact a health-care provider if they suspect they may be infected,” deputy chief medical health officer Dr. Julie Kryzanowski said.

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The location, gender and age of the individual related to this case will not be released due to the risk of identifying them.

“Health officials will provide public notification to a community or location if the risk to others is considered high,” the province stated in a release.

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Officials added that monkeypox does not spread easily from person to person and is spread through prolonged face-to-face contact, touching bodily fluids or lesions of a person who is sick with the disease, or exposure to contaminated objects like bed linens or clothing.

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